To Publish – A List Poem

Today over at dVerse Poets Pub Meeting at the Bar, Tony Maude challenges us to write a list poem. As I read his article and poetry examples, I decided to write a list about the things I still need to do to self-publish my poetry book. I accomplished a lot this summer towards my goal of publishing by year end, but loose ends remain. I think a to do list on paper, instead of just in my head, will be helpful.

To Publish

Talk to reviewers
“How’s it going? When do you think you’ll be done?”

Consider suggested edits, proofread and edit

Decide on Bible verses to include and where
And divisions, do where do I include divisions?

Promote the book on Facebook, blog, Twitter

Final formatting, styles, font, so many decisions

Edit the preface and acknowledgements
Finish the front matter

Tell everyone I know I’m publishing a book of poetry

Encourage Benton to finish the cover art
Love the concept sketch; can’t want to see his final draft

Create a final PDF
Proof one more time to make sure it’s right

Upload PDF to CreateSpace
and upload cover art to design cover

Publish

Pray (wait, this probably should be first on the list)

Start on the next manuscript

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33 responses to “To Publish – A List Poem

  1. So much to do! Glad you are on this journey , with God, and. no fear!

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  2. here’s a list —

    you write
    you put the book together
    you start marketing πŸ™‚

    hurricane and jordan

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  3. Very cool goal. It inspires me to try the same thing someday, though I’m not there quite yet. I hope it all comes together for you. God bless!

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  4. good luck with the publishing…best wishes :)…

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  5. Oh so cool, this! And you are right, “hope” is kind of the binding html tag here πŸ˜‰

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  6. Yes, that is what it is like to publish. Glad to hear that you are making good headway on the process! And I too like the last line. Whenever you publish one book there is another ready on the sidelines.

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  7. Good luck…someday all of us want to write a publish a book, I’m sure..helpful list …glad it’s in the works for you!

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  8. The list sounds exhausting. I admire your perseverence. And yes…pray first. Best of luck!

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  9. Great response to this prompt Linda, so many lists to consider in publishing. Hope it is a success, and I do like the final statement, begin the next one. Well done.

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  10. This is a familiar and scary list! love it that you’re gutsy enough to share. Good luck on your book:)

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  11. best wishes with the publishing…esp self publishing you have to work to get it out there as well once you get it done…

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  12. Suzanne

    good luck with self publishing – it is a complicated business and lists are essential.

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    • Thanks. I am actually a publications director in my day job, so at least I know a little about the process, but we don’t publish poetry. πŸ™‚ I’m just thankful for CreateSpace that makes publishing a book of poetry much more possible. Peace, Linda

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      • Suzanne

        that’s really fascinating – I’ve been thinking about self publishing an e-book of my haiku and haibun but I haven’t really investigated programs that might help me. I must check out CreateSpace

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      • CreateSpace is for publishing a paperback book. To do an ebook you would use Amazon Kindle Direct. We’ve done that with some of our books at work and I think it’s more complicated. Besides, I want to see my book in print. πŸ™‚

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      • Suzanne

        Thanks for that information – it’s much appreciated.

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  13. Good luck publishing… love the sense of repeat in the last line.

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    • Thanks. I’ve actually already started on manuscript no. 2, while I was impatiently waiting for my reviewers to get back to me. πŸ™‚ But I’m pretty sure one book isn’t going to be enough. Peace, Linda

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  14. It’s a long road … but I’m sure it’ll be worth the effort. All the best in your endeavours, Linda.

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